Today in Mormon History - Feb 27

Today in Mormon History ...

William Clayton, on a mission in England writes: "Sarah [Crooks] appeared rather tempted to get married. I felt to sorrow on this account. I don't want Sarah to be married. I was much [] and tempted on her account and felt to pray that the Lord would preserve me from impure affections. She gave me an orange. I certainly feel my love towards her to increase but shall strive against it. I feel too much to covet her and afraid lest her troubles should cause her to get married. The Lord keep me pure and preserve me from doing wrong." Clayton has a wife in Nauvoo but is falling in love with Sarah Crooks. Later in Nauvoo, when Joseph explains plural marriage to Clayton he sends for Sarah but the two never do marry each other. (1)
-- 170 years ago - Feb 27, 1840

Thomas C. Griggs, faithful Mormon, writes in his diary: "in the afternoon we had a lengthy if not interesting discourse from Elder Erastus Snow." (1)
-- 140 years ago - Feb 27, 1870

Lifelong Mormon Jerald Tanner writes to a Book-of-Mormon believing friend: "Actually I would like to believe the Book of Mormon is true. My prejudice leans toward it instead of away from it. I pray about it all the time, but as yet I have received no answer. I hope God will give me a positive answer soon." Tanner later becomes a leading critic of the LDS Church and of claims of authenticity of the Book of Mormon. (1)
-- 50 years ago - Feb 27, 1960

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